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At the ’09 Woodward, Rachel certainly was Alexandra the Great

Jockey Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra acknowledges the roaring crowd after winning the 56th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in 2009.
Jockey Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra acknowledges the roaring crowd after winning the 56th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in 2009.
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The crowd noise at Saratoga Race Course built as it normally did, but it sounded different that first September Saturday afternoon five years ago.

“It was higher pitched,” race caller Tom Durkin said.

Definitely female. And it stayed loud, through the race and even afterward.

The women, the girls — everyone — came out that day to see filly Rachel Alexandra, one of the great fan faves in the history of Saratoga. She was ...

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